Perhaps you need to cut a few corners so that you can enjoy the honeymoon of your dreams or maybe you'd simply like to outdo the professionals. Whatever the case, a DIY wedding is a perfect choice for couples who like to exercise more control over the particulars of their wedding or simply don’t have enough money to outsource all of the details. To get you started on the right path, consider the following suggestions:
DIY Wedding Music
It's not always necessary to hire a professional DJ or live band to play music for your wedding reception. In this day and age, the technology available now allows us to fulfill our celebration dreams on our own. An easy approach to this is to consider using pre-made wedding CDs with a stereo system or an iPod supplying an endless playlist of your favorite songs. You should also enlist the help of a relative or friend to keep watch over your music – preferably someone with a little experience with 'burned' CDs and iPods.
DIY Wedding Flowers
Flowers often take up an enormous chunk of a wedding budget and for something that's only used for one day, that's a lot for some engaged couples. However, you don’t have to exclude this element of your wedding. Did you ever stop to think about the convenience of DIY wedding floral arrangements? In this case, a little effort and creativity will go a long way. A few pointers to keep in mind for this DIY wedding adventure include:
Think classic when choosing suitable blooms. For instance, roses and lilies are easier to work with and tend to last longer. You don't want a bunch of wilted flowers at your reception!
- Devise a plan for transporting your flowers to the ceremony
- Don’t forget to add in the cost of vases.
Another large drain on a wedding budget is catering your reception with food and drinks. Luckily, there are various ways to cut corners, such as creating your own hors d’oeurves. Never underestimate the power of an appetizing spread of crackers and cheese, including pepper jack, cheddar, and port wine. Cheese balls also add to a DIY wedding arrangement. Consider chocolate dipped strawberries, fresh fruit platters, and homemade squares of fudge. For the bride on a shoestring budget, discuss options, like a cozy barbeque or perhaps an inventive potluck reception, where guests are encouraged to bring their favorite dish.